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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Dante60, Apr 5, 2002.

  1. Dante60

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    So who's going to Tufts?

    I'm kind of curious who I'll see there next year. :) Yeah, I'm getting tired of the D'05s already. *grins*

    Seriously, though.. if you're going to Tufts next year drop a line here and if you have any questions, post it here and I'll do my best to respond!
    :)

    Regards,
    Mo, D'2005
     
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  3. sarahs

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    I will be there in August. Do you have any suggestions about housing (i.e. dorms vs. apt.)
     
  4. DDS2006

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    Dante60, how's it goin?

    Well, it looks like I'll be joining you this August among the ranks of Canadians at Tufts. So how would you describe your first year, is it all you thought it would be, and how was Boston? I've decided that I'm gonna save myself some hassles by living in the dorm this year. I was just curious to know if, given your experience, you think that this is the right decision. I heard that the dorms are pretty small and the area is not the best place to be livin, but I've heard that it's really hard to find a place in Boston and I don't have a week to spend trying to find one this summer. Also, is it true that I should leave my car in T.O., or do you know plenty of people who have a car there. I would much rather bring it so that I can come home more often. Anyway, good luck on the rest of the year, and hopefully we'll meet up next year.
     
  5. Dante60

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    Heya folks!

    Regarding the housing issue. I'm so glad I didn't live in the dorms. This year especially, at least. In my class (D'05) a lot of us like to drink (we represented well at the open bar at Yankee Dental *laughs*) but some of the guys in the dorms get really rowdy and kick in bedroom doors, garbage cans, etc. Nevermind that (as I'm not sure you'll have that problem next year), the dorms are small, and tight, and IMO not worth what you're paying to live there. You can get, for the same amount, a really nice place out in Malden or Brighton. Now if you don't have time to go find a place in Boston, then you probably won't be terribly upset with the dorms. It is a place to live, afterall.

    DDS2006(or maybe, DMD2006 heheh) - a fellow canuck, eh? hehe. What undergrad did you go to? I went to UoT and found school out here to be a cakewalk (as far as difficulty is concerned) compared to undergrad. The work load is different, but then again I'm really enjoying stuff out here. I'm not particularily impressed with Boston though. I thought it would be... more (more what? I don't know, just more than what it is).

    As far as a car is concerned, if you're going to live in the dorms, I would leave my car at home if I were you. Me, I have my car here, but I'm not living in the dorms and don't have to pay a ridiculous 300+/mnth parking fee. There is definitely a decent number of people who have cars. Not a lot, but there are generally a few people who end up chauffering a ton of people around (me, for instance). Also, I haven't driven home once since I moved here. It kills an entire day to drive back to Toronto, so I just fly when I go home. It's worth the 200 bucks.

    Whew. :D BTW - DDS2006, when did you come in for an interview? I tried to come by and say hi to all the Canadians but I missed a few. Just curious if I saw you or not.

    Anyways, good luck both of you! You're heading to a really good school. Although, I am slightly biased. :D
     
  6. dmd2006

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    Hi, Dante60. Nice to see TUSDM 2005 here!
    I read about waxing practice here and I hope you can help me to find out if "we" make wax models by the carving or addition waxing technique.

    Thanks!

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">* Go to the school and find out if they make wax models by the carving or addition waxing technique. They will know what you are talking about. You should be able to buy dental wax and waxing instruments for less than $50. Ask a freshman to lone you their morphology and occlusion lab manuals for the summer. Then practice "waxing" the teeth at home. They will look like hell, and there will be no way for you to get feedback. But when school starts, at least you will have a feel for it. This thing called "waxing" is without a doubt the most hated thing in dental school -- with the possible exception of the professors who teach waxing.
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  7. baracuda

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    Dante,

    I 'm most likely headed to tufts in the fall. I have a couple of questions for you:

    1. I read somewhere that state of Massach. just recently passed a law regarding people on medical and that the boston schools not gonna be able to treat these people that are on medical and that their patient pool is gonna be severely affected. Is this true?

    2. How are the D05 students? fun to be around and easy going or real competetive? Any hot ladies?

    Take care and thanks for taking the time to help us out.
     
  8. mammasan

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    I'm going to Tufts.
     
  9. DDS2006

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    Dante60,

    thanks for the info, I finished my undergrad at UWO, had fun there, but I'm definitely ready to leave London, being from T.O. this city can seem a little bland after a while. About the car issue, do you drive to school, or take the T. How much do you end up forking over per month in parking, since I would really like to have my car down there. You say the workload is pretty light... given that, do you believe you will be well prepared for practice when you graduate, and is the price tag not reflected in the quality of education? Thanks again
     
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    Dante60,

    thanks for the info, I finished my undergrad at UWO, had fun there, but I'm definitely ready to leave London, being from T.O. this city can seem a little bland after a while. About the car issue, do you drive to school, or take the T. How much do you end up forking over per month in parking, since I would really like to have my car down there. You say the workload is pretty light... given that, do you believe you will be well prepared for practice when you graduate, and is the price tag not reflected in the quality of education? Thanks again
     
  11. Dante60

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    Whew, alright.... Let's do this in order:

    DMD2006 - your question is a new one. :) No one has asked me that yet. I guess, technically we do our wax-ups using the "addition" technique... though, it's kind of silly to categorize it because in either way you end up either adding or cutting wax out to make your finished product. Indeed they are a pain, but the nice thing about Tufts is that the upper years (for you guys, namely US!) are there to help you out and in fact love helping out. A couple of second years and third years (D'04s and '03s) taught me some really good methods of performing wax ups. So don't worry about it too much. About 95% of the class goes in with no clue as to what a wax up is. hehe. Oh and word to the wise... don't listen to the professors who teach the wax-ups here... ask the upper years for help. The professors are cool and all, but they really don't teach a formal method, they encourage you to mess around with it a little. Oh and incidentally, the waxing instruments are provided to us by the school (we pay for them in our tuition/fees).

    Baracuda: 1) The law did pass (as far as I know) and we did go to the state house to protest it (to no avail). It hasn't translated into anything for us yet and we don't know what will happen. To be perfectly honest, I am worried about it to as it could very well affect my ability to get patients in third year. For all who don't know what happened, Mass. passed an amendment that pretty much limits further what Masshealth (the state health insurance) covers, and that it doesn't really cover dental any more. Tufts, BU, and Harvard get the majority of their patients from Masshealth. I guess we'll see what happens.
    2) This is a great question. Now I'm gonna be perfectly honest. We have a bunch of people in our class that are proof that admissions isn 100% flawless. But we also have some really cool people. But this semester, it really came up how competitive the d'05s really are. First off, we had the highest entrance GPA of any tufts dental class, and it reflects in our marks. This translates as some hard-core cutthroats, but they don't associate with the rest of the class (more or less ostracized). There are some people who are a little uptight as far as marks are concerned, but it's not as bad as undergrad (at least my undergrad, anyways). *laughs* Hot ladies?? Actually, we definitely have some attractive women in our class (the D'04s have more), but it's like any other situation... you spend 8 hours a day with these people EVERY day... you get really sick of them. Heheh. In my class, there is only 2 formal couples, and it's pretty much stayed that way all year. Everyone is looking outside the class. :D

    DDS2006 - I pay 50/mnth to park my car, but I take the T in. There's *no* way I'm driving to school. Once you get here you'll see what I mean. Boston driving is horrible. Nevermind that, the traffic sucks (especially the since I have to drive through the big dig). Now I *DIDN'T* say the workload was light. That's the toughest part of dental school. The material is actually easy, but there's SOOOOOOOO MUCH TO KNOW!!!! They don't need to make the material conceptually difficult because there's enough of it to drown the unsuspecting. As of right now, I feel very confident in my abilities (given what I've learned to date) and I suspect that I'll know my stuff when I graduate. Tufts typically has a good representation of dentists. :) Well, let's be honest about the price. You and I are both used to paying 4k/yr CDN for tuition. So of course I feel like I'm getting chapped. All things considered, however, I'd rather be here than BU, USC, Nova, etc. etc. The professors have been pretty good, I *do* feel like I'm in dental school, I'm learning more about enamel than I ever thought I'd know, and I'm happy with the way things are going. So if I had to pick a private college, I'd stay with Tufts.

    I hope that answers everyone's questions! For the next couple of weeks, I may not check in here as often because I've got exams coming up. But I'll do my best!

    Regards,
    Mo.
     
  12. sarahs

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    Thanks for such informative answers dante---greatly appreciated! To the D2006s-- has anyone received any info about dorms--or waitinglists for the dorms?
     
  13. Jello

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    hey Dante60! Thanx for all the info.. I'm also a Canadian from UT.. :) I should be heading to Tufts next year.. I'm looking forward to it! So which area are you staying now btw? If you don't mind, how much are you paying each month?
     
  14. Dante60

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    Ack.. you had to ask where I'm living didn't you? :D

    I'm living in Big-hair Revere.. home of the mullets! Seriously. It's AWESOME. Actually, the real reason I live here is because A) Cheap and we have this massive appartment.
    b) Right on the beach (hell yeah!)
    and C) Live right on the T.

    We're paying $1775/mnth total split between the two of us ($50/mnth parking is included). It also includes some utilities like water and gas. We also get (almost) free heating/AC - we have to pay the electricity for the fan to run. So it's a bad-ass deal. Still, I'm looking to move downtown next year.
     
  15. Jello

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    Thanks for your reply Dante60! I'm goin' to start looking around for housing. :) Btw, how did you find your roomate?
     
  16. Dante60

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    Actually, it was purely by luck.

    A bunch of us had sent out an email to the whole class about possible roommates and then one of the guys who was going to buy a house bailed so my housemate ended up calling me through my contact number on the D'05 class list... and the parties in Revere became legendary. <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />

    Mo.
     
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    Hey everyone,

    It's good to see a couple of Canadians finally!

    I'll be heading off to BU this July and heck, I'm excited despite the hiked tuition fee.

    In terms of workload in dental school, can a UT student manage?

    Toothdecay.
     

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